He said the GAFCSC has come a long way since its establishment and urged the new leadership to as much as possible execute the plan.
Speaking at a Handing over/Pulling out ceremony for him at the GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Kadri, who is set to retire from the Ghana Armed Forces, said his desire on assuming the position of Commandant was to raise the high standards of the College even higher that he met it.
“A few months shy of three years down the line, my sincere hope and prayer is that I have indeed met those aspirations. I have given off my best in these last years and I hope that my efforts have yielded some benefits to GAFCSC and kept the flame burning like those before me,” he stated.
He noted that he had had a College that was developing with several completed and ongoing infrastructural developments as well as hard working directing staff and key appointment holders who worked hard to support him in meeting timelines and deadlines.
Recollecting some encounters with students and other staff at the College during his tenure, he commended the students of Junior Division course for their decision to be pacesetters in the rollout of their IT programme and the willingness of the administrative staff to make it successful and thanked them for their support.
“With your support we were able to expand our academic programmes, increase our revenue base and initiated strategies to reduce cost,” he said.
He said the academic expansion plan had enabled the College to gain accreditation to run its flagship programme:: the Master of Science in Defence and International politics, with plans in the five-year strategic plan to run masers programmes in strategic leadership and supply chain management.
He lauded CDH Financial Holdings, which sponsored the entire overhaul of the College’s IT infrastructure, bringing about a paperless environment for academic and administrative work, a cost reduction strategy which had paid off in improved coordination and efficiency.
He thanked stakeholders of the College who had helped and supported his administration as well as his family for their support throughout his 42 years of his service.
“For GAFCSC, I see nothing but a very bright future,” he said.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, in-coming Commandant of the GAFCSC, paid tribute to his predecessor saying he had succeeded in further growing the College’s reputation internationally and in the sub-region for high standards and academic and professional excellence as well as physical development, IT development, curriculum enrichment and welfare of staff.
Rear Admiral Amoama said although he had a big challenge to live up to expectation as the first naval officer to occupy the position, he was lucky to have inherited the five- year strategic plan developed by his predecessor and a team of experts, which serves as a roadmap to the future.
He thanked Air Vice Marshall Kadri for his “quality, exceptional, exemplary leadership of innovation and creative thinking,” adding that he intended to follow in his footsteps as well as those of other past Commandants.
“I will provide a transparent, accountable and accessible leadership. I will be guided by the vision of the College: to project GAFCSC as a centre of excellence and to be one of the best Staff Colleges in Africa and the rest of the world”.
The ceremony included a parade by the Army, Navy, and Airforce accompanied by the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band and a pull-out ceremony which saw the out-going Commandant being symbolically taken out of the GAFCSC compound.
Source: GNA/News Ghana